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Second Half Comeback Downs Men's Basketball

Nov. 12, 2013


  1 2 Final
Robert Morris 40 50 90
Lafayette 39 42 81

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 Stat Comparison RMU LC
 Points 90 81
 FG Made-Attempted 36-73 27-59
 FG Percentage 49.3 45.8
 3P Made/Attempted 11-24 9-30
 3P Percentage 45.8 30.0
 FT Made-Attempted 7-10 18-20
 FT Percentage 70.0 90.0
 Rebounds 33 38
 Turnovers 8 13

 Individual Leaders
 Scoring Totals
 Lafayette - Scott 25
 Robert Morris - Anderson 21
 Lafayette - Trist 12
 Robert Morris - Newton 7
 Lafayette - Lindner, Trist 3
 Robert Morris - four players 2
 Lafayette - Lindner, Musters 1
 Robert Morris - Newton 3
 Lafayette - Hinrichs 1
 Robert Morris - Anderson, Hawkins 1

EASTON, Pa. - Lafayette held an 11-point lead six minutes into the second half, but Robert Morris closed out the game on a 33-15 run to take a 90-81 victory from the Leopards on Tuesday night at Kirby Sports Center. Bryce Scott scored a career-and-game high 25 points for the Leopards.

Robert Morris had five players score in double figures, led by Karvel Anderson's 21 points, including 16 after halftime to help the Colonials mount their comeback. Along with Scott, four Leopards reached double digits and Dan Trist recorded his first-ever double-double with 18 points and a career-best 12 rebounds.

Lafayette got out to a quick start and scored seven of the first nine points thanks to the first four by Trist and a Scott three-pointer. Robert Morris settled in from there and put together a 10-2 run to go ahead 12-9. Another bucket by Trist inside pulled Lafayette within one six minutes into the game.

Neither team led by more than four points until Robert Morris took a five-point lead (40-35) on Anderson's jumper with 1:15 remaining in the period.  The Colonials were led by Lucky Jones' nine points and Charles Oliver's eight-point output before halftime. Trist ended the half with 14 points and eight rebounds as Lafayette went into intermission trailing 40-39 following a pair at the line by Scott and then Nick Lindner. Jones completed his evening with 14 points.

The Leopards held a 23-15 advantage on the glass and went 11-of-12 from the charity stripe to offset Robert Morris' 6-of-14 performance from beyond the arc and a 7-2 edge in turnovers.

Aaron Tate opened the second half with a deuce for Robert Morris, but Lafayette came back with the next six points by Trist, Scott and Seth Hinrichs (16 points). A layup by Tate briefly interrupted the spurt, before back-to-back layups by Hinrichs and Scott punctuated the 10-4 stretch and gave Lafayette the 49-44 lead.

Eight straight points from Joey Ptasinski (15 points) on jumpers, including two threes and one off the dribble, gave the Leopards a 57-48 cushion five minutes into the half. Two Hinrichs freebees capped Lafayette's 20-8 run prior to a three ball by David Appolon (59-51) on the other end.

Robert Morris trimmed the deficit to four with seven straight points before Hinrichs' right-handed runner and Scott's triple off a feed from Lindner made it 64-55.

After a backdoor cut and two handed slam by Hinrichs from Trist's bounce pass, RMU pulled within six points, but Trist grabbed one of his six offensive rebounds and his put back pushed the lead back to eight. Robert Morris refused to go away as Desjuan Newton (10 points) hit his second trey in as many trips to draw the visitors within five at the eight minute mark.

Jones' corner three made it 68-66 in favor of the Leopards, before two offensive boards led to two at the line for Scott. Four more for the Colonials capped a 13-4 run and tied the score at 70 as Lafayette called timeout with 5:33 to play.

Ptasinski buried a straightaway three out of the stoppage, but Tate's layup and Anderson's three put Robert Morris up 75-73. Robert Morris reeled off 20 of the final 28 points to close out the win.

With the game tied at 75 apiece Robert Morris' 15-6 run put the game away as Anderson scored nine of the final 13 for the Colonials, including a three-point play and a baseline jumper with a minute to go to extend the lead to six.

Lafayette has an eight-day layoff before returning to action on Nov. 20 against Princeton. Opening tip from Jadwin Gymnasium is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Game Notes:

Scott notched a career-high six rebounds.

Lafayette went 18-of-20 from the free throw line.

Robert Morris leads the all-time series 3-0.

Nathaniel Musters was Lafayette's first substitution of the game.